Chavela Vargas pioneered the LGBTQI+ community within Mexican music and challenged the status quo with her hypnotic, raspy voice, singing music traditionally reserved for men.
Starting out as a darling of Mexico’s thriving bohemian club scene in the 1950s, Chavela lived a life full of adventure and excess. She was rumoured to have had relationships with everyone from Frida Kahlo to Ava Gardner and she cultivated her reputation as a powerful, rebellious, free spirited outsider and an outlaw who blazed her own unique trail.
Directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi eloquently weave the story of the fearless life, powerful music and passionate love affairs of this uncompromising artist.
Screening daily from Friday 20th July as part of our summer season, Rebel with a Cause. Please check back for further screening times.
Chavela is presented in partnership with BOOTH, a platform for women in film. On the opening night of Chavela on the 20 July, the film is preceded by the short documentary Life in Miniature by Ellen Evans – selected by BOOTH.